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First Friday highlights longtime artists


Exhibits opening this week feature work by two of Homer's finest artists, both honored by the Homer Council on the Arts with its annual arts awards. Showing at Picture Alaska Gallery is new work by Shirley Timmreck, selected in 2005 by HCOA as one of its artists of the year.

Showing at the Homer Council on the Arts is a retrospective of the work of the late Halibut Cove artist Diana Tillion. Tillion, who died at 81 on Feb. 3, 2010, has been credited as one of the founders of the Kachemak Bay arts community. While she painted Alaska landscapes known for their vivid colors, Tillion was known for her innovative use of octopus ink. Harvested herself from octopus in Kachemak Bay, the ink has the color of sepia-print photography. Her use of the ink adds warmth to pen drawings of seascapes and marine life.

In granting the posthumous award to Tillion last week, HCOA president Diane Borgman spoke of the artists' colony Tillion helped found in Halibut Cove. Artists who came to live there, either year round or summers, include the late Alex Combs, Tillion's daughter Marian Beck, Sydney Bishop, Annette Bellamy and Jan Thurston. Tillion also wrote historical books, including "The Pioneers of Homer," "When We Were Kids," "Growing Tall in Alaska," "A Mosaic of Moments and Alaska Profiles" and "Cosmo." Many of her books also are on display.

"She considered herself an artist and approached her work with energy, commitment and creative flair," Borgman said of Tillion.

Also opening this month is 350 Earth, a multi-artist show exploring the issue of climate change at the Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Artwork by Rika Mouw for the 350 Earth exhibit opening at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

350 Earth, mixed media art by various artists 5-7 p.m., First Friday and Opening Reception; 5:30-6:30 p.m. performance by Homer Youth Orchestra

As part of raising awareness of climate change and a call to reduce the world's output of carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million, Bunnell sponsors 350 Earth, a community art project. Artists were invited to submit art no bigger than 10-inches square. Art is auctioned in a closing soiree 6-8 p.m. Feb. 26, with proceeds benefitting 350 Earth.


Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Canvasing Alaska, photography by Mary Frische and Tom Collopy

5-8 p.m., First Friday Reception

Homer artists Mary Frische and Tom Collopy of Wild North Photography present a painting-like look at photography with small, medium and large scale images of Alaska landscapes — photographs printed on canvas.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Diana Tillion Retrospective, paintings and octopus ink drawings by Diana Tillion 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

The late Diana Tillion, who died in Feburary 2010, was honored recently by the Homer Council on the Arts with its annual arts award for lifetime achievement. The retrospective features her paintings and drawings, including her innovative work using octopus ink.

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.

New work, paintings by Shirley Timmreck

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception

Longtime Homer artist Shirley Timmreck shows some of her new work.